FC Bayern München midfielder Xabi Alonso believes the competitive nature of the Bundesliga comes as a result of a number of hard-working coaches in the league.
The 35-year-old has plied his trade under some of the most celebrated coaches in world football, but reveals that there are a number of lesser-known, but quality coaches in the German top-tier that are largely responsible for their teams success.
He cited the likes of Julian Nagelsmann (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim), Ralph Hasenhuttl (RB Leipzig), Niko Kovac (Eintracht Frankfurt) and Pal Dardai (Hertha Berlin) as coaches who have raised the quality of football in Germany's top flight.
"Here in Germany there are so many young, good, working managers," he told CNN World Sport.
"Not with spectacular names and great players but with good players, making them work together and having a great work ethic.
"The level of the teams in the Bundesliga is getting better and better. In just two years I have realised any team is tough to beat.
"There are a lot of young coaches who are doing a great job, putting a stamp on their team, and that's something you notice.
"The identity they have for the club, not just in Munich but in Bavaria, is fantastic and that strong link between the club and the supporters, it's a little different from the ones I knew in Spain and in England.
"There is not that big a gap between the team and the club and the supporters, everything is very tangible, the family, all of them, we are together," he concluded.
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